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I've applied for classes, though I may need to shuffle them around. Probably will take Spanish instead of Japanese if it's still available - it should have been my third choice (after ASL and Mandarin) for foreign language, and it was one of the few with an introductory course. Probably taking basic Computer Science as well - I love working with fiddly logic bits.

My culinary training is, in retrospect, awesome. A great deal of time was spent in France figuring out logical food science and procedures; because of that, I can improvise well with my training. I had flour, butter, chicken broth, onions and curry powder - and from that I could make a pretty good mild curry. Had couscous on the side, then my training suggested to me that if fried rice is good, that fried cous-cous might also be good. TL;DR: it was. If you ever have leftover cous-cous, make fried cous-cous. Your taste buds will thank you. At this point it's not enough to get me a job as a cook, of course, but it is enough for home economics and eating well for cheap.

I turned in an application for a job at a dollar store down the street, which was oddly satsifying. I have a fair crack at getting the job, too - I was a pretty good cashier back at Tacone some four years ago, and my brother's friend and my sort-of-friend Yessenia works there and is willing to recommend me. It's good to finally GET OHN WITH IT after spending six years as Hisao Nakai depressed and unable to act around my disabilites and mental illness.

My rewrites of the Bliss Stage VN scenes are good; the characters are a lot more gritty and earthy and pragmatic this go round without being any less cheerful, hopeful and idealistic. I especially like my Ruthless-If-Pressed version of Sara Smith and my Not An Asshole version of Keenan Caine this go round. Also, the VN's Joshua Preston is pretty much the opposite of a moron this go round. I'm really enjoying my dialog exercises with these guys - most of it's going in the VN.

And how are you?
l_the_fangirl: (Authority Figure)
Life happens.

I'm re-enrolling in classes, taking out a student loan - this is pretty much the best way to ensure that I have money and regular computer access at this point, and in the future. That combined with continuing to look for clerical and data entry work.

Taking creative writing classes on the grounds that it will force me to do creative writing, at least 1/3 of which will not be Bliss Stage related.

Speaking of which, the VN chugs along. I am hoping we can get something out in time for Anime Conji in April (http://www.animeconji.org/), because I'm holding some games there (http://www.animeconji.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=37). Including but not limited to the infamous Katawa Stage; I'm rewriting it to be less LULZ DATING SIM INJOKES (specifically, I'm making Hisao a Rising Hero with an actual codified stat block, rather than the stupid trick where he's a Devoted Lover with a 5/3 to be assigned); AstraKiseki rightly pointed out that "no one cares."

On a related note, I really need to get some Bliss Stage cosplay going for that. Planning on going as VN!Josh Preston, Kenji, and/or (Gurren Lagaan's) Viral, Marketing. Should be fun.

I can also probably hold Bliss Stage games online for people; in fact I intend to.

I live.

Oct. 14th, 2008 09:10 pm
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College is going well.

Saving money for a trip to see Ara-chan, yay.

Bliss Stage TCG playtests ho.

Life is good.

Big update

Sep. 2nd, 2008 08:00 pm
l_the_fangirl: (Bliss Stage)
Getting into the swing of college. Typography homework is on ancient languages and early phonographs: I'm also doing some work on the final Quark project, a newsletter.

I really do like typography homework - I'm geeky enough to look at the Courier of the text I'm typing right now and mentally go "Square-serif, light, medium x-height ratio, medium m-length, kerning such that the characters are equidistant and it doesn't look off."

Also, I seem to have an irrational love of geometric sans-serif typefaces, like Bauhaus and the Myriad family. Maybe it's because I watch / read / game sci-fi so often.

I could post a Why I Play Bliss Stage entry, easily, but, well - every single interlude resulting from this week's game counts.

Why I Play Bliss Stage, In Conclusion. )

No other game I've played has ever consistently moved me to tears. It is a game designed to inspire roleplay of terrible and beautiful poetry.

And, Ben, please feel free to put that on the back cover of Ascent Stage, and attribute it to Elliott Belser.

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